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Applying for Highly Accomplished Teacher accreditation 

Highly Accomplished Teacher accreditation recognises highly-skilled teachers who routinely work to improve their practice, are knowledgeable and active members of their school. Applicants typically have taken on roles that guide or advise others and regularly initiate and engage in discussions about effective teaching to improve the educational outcomes for their students. Accreditation at this level is voluntary.

How it works

NSW teachers who apply for accreditation with the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) at the Highly Accomplished Teacher level are invited to consider their current role and practice against the Standard Descriptors in the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, do an online preliminary assessment and follow an evidence-based submission process, that involves an external observation of your teaching. Read what’s involved

Reflect on your practice and read advice from the Moderating and Consistency (MCC).

When considering applying for Highly Accomplished Teacher accreditation, start by evaluating if you are consistently demonstrating the Standard Descriptors at this level. 

The MCC, a sub-committee of the Quality Teaching Council, provides valuable advice based on their assessment of higher level accreditation submissions. View MCC advice.

Key roles and responsibilities

The Highly Accomplished teacher accreditation process has two phases, 

  • an online preliminary assessment phase and 
  • the application phase

The online preliminary assessment is a self-assessment of your practice. The application phase involves collecting evidence demonstrating that your practice meets the Standard Descriptors at Highly Accomplished Teacher level. The school principal/service director, referees, an external observer and the Teacher Accreditation Authority (Highly Accomplished /Lead Teacher) or TAA (A/L), have important roles in the Highly Accomplished Teacher accreditation process. 

More on the roles and responsibilities

Do an online preliminary assessment

If you are applying for accreditation at Highly Accomplished Teacher level, you are invited to use the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) online preliminary assessment tool to assess your teaching practice. This assessment is not compulsory but recommended. A fee applies. More about the online preliminary assessment

There is a fee involved in doing the Online Preliminary Assessment

Develop your application

If you decide to proceed with your application for Highly Accomplished Teacher level, you will need to develop a cohesive body of evidence that supports your application and becomes part of your formal submission. This includes documentary evidence, reports from referees and a report from the external observer. Read advice on developing a strong application.

Submit your application online

NSW teachers applying for accreditation at Highly Accomplished Teacher level must submit their application online. It is important to check that all required documents, referee reports and the external observer report have also been submitted. Follow these steps to submit your application.